PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE FARM,

RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:

OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE FARM:

OUR GOAL IS TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE HOLY SPIRIT-EMPOWERED STADEM DESCENDANTS OF GODLY ANCESTORS ALONG WITH LIKE-SPIRITED AND HEARTED FRIENDS STRIVE TO CONSISTENTLY FULFILL OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR CONSTITUENT SPIRITUAL AND PIONEER FARM LEGACY AND HERITAGE AMD SEEK TO MAKE POSITIVE IMPACTS THROUGH INTERACTIONS WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, AND COMMUNITY, ALWAYS RELYING ON OUR OPERATING VALUES IN THE GOSPEL AND GOD'S INERRANT, ETERNAL WORD AS BELIEVERS AND PARTAKERS OF CHRIST'S GRACE AND WORK OF SALVATION AND REDEMPTION FOR SINNERS ON THE CROSS, AS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR EXISTENCE.

Part I:

Our Vision for the Future--Some Physical Specifics for the PRACTICAL-MINDED STADEM:

The Plain View Heritage Farm Motto:

"That His Light Shine Through Our Heritage: To God Be The Glory!"

In a nutshell, that is our guiding statement of faith and practice. Jesus, as the Word says, is the Light, and He is the Word of God. Showing forth him alone, we are shining as the Light in the dark world. It is all attainable--practically.

Five Goals:

(1) A beautiful, productive, praiseworthy PVF (vegetable gardens, fruit and shade trees, walkways (gravel mostly, and some of cement for the handicapped), grass and flowers, with sports and also hunting/fishing available).

(2) a PVF that is Christ-Centered, with a ministry center for the Gospel (even studio & theater using our pioneer, Scandinavian heritage, crafts, arts, sacred and Norwegian folk dance, and music), with a chapel and daily, on-going Prayer and Devotions times,

(3) Used year-round, something always going on to benefit people and serve God's interests, for His glory (this includes giving to the poor and needy food, clothing, children's toys, used but good appliances, and helps of all kinds as the Lord provides and directs).

(4) the godly, Bible-based facility and behavior of people on PVF serving as a living alternative to America's predominant, aggressive secular/humanist culture that has categorically abandoned the God of the Bible and its teachings and caters to the autonomous self, the individual ego, and to every form

of self-centered indulgence, no matter how self-destructive and society-destructive such ways have already proven to be (which ultimately creates the "Death Culture" of tax-funded Abortion, Assisted Suicide, and Ethanasia).

(5) always a Haven of Peace, a Refuge of Safety, for restoration and giving battered, broken souls and lives a nurturing, healing embracing family environment, to help them heal and be made whole, healthly, and forward going in attitude again. The Gospel and the Word of God will be the motivation and Operating Values at the core of everything. As a safeguard for such an environment: Not a dress code as such, but showing restraint and modesty in hair style, with the body respected as God created it, as opposed to body ornamenting--piercing, tattooing, extreme coloring or bleaching with industrial coloring agents harmful to hair as God created. Restraint and modesty in clothes, which the world knows nothing about, and careful to practice clean speech, civility, and good manners, which are generally neglected in the popular culture which says, "Take me as I choose to be and act, with no regard for others"; in all things seeking not to offend others by taking freedoms in extreme dress and body appearance and behavior and speech and entertainment (music, movies, etc.) that to some give an appearance of evil and, if weak in faith, may actually cause them to "stumble" or misstep in their Christian walk.

There is, indeed, some good practical wisdom in the old saying, "When in Rome do as the Romans do." We, therefore, need to set the Biblical example in dress, body, behavior, entertainments, and manners for others to follow. To do otherwise opens the floodgates into the Plain View Farm environment from the toxic, unBiblical society at large that knows and sanctions no restraints.

Some practical things and activities that can also make PVF what our Ancestors and also Grandparents and Parents exemplified for generations, and would want us to engage in:

(1) a Holy Convocation called and convened yearly (relatives mainly, but also godly Christian friends of the same mind for seeking God's glory), to pray and seek God's will and working in us for the future of this vision (God's plan).

(2) Return of the Svanoes and also Stadems to Norway, on a tour for singing of Gospel and Classical pieces. (3) always ready to serve and provide loving, generous and non-judgmental, ungrudging hospitality to guests and strangers and the needy;

(4) Perhaps the most vital endeavor, containing the heart and soul and spirit, through the documents and artifacts of our Heritage: easily accessed by an interactive media center, with laptops, TV, video library, book library preserving the Norwegian language items and related heritage books and papers, audio-visual library for our heritage archives, including a videotaper for TV programs we can then make on the Farm and submit to various venues.

Tables and materials should also be available for doing various heritage projects.

Some things that can be done to enhance the already lovely and unspoiled PVF praire-farm environment:

(1) Gardening, tree planting, landscaping that will enhance the farm setting, preserving the superb beauty God created, while adding to it without cluttering it.

(2) Old farm wagon for group pictures, other implements on display various places.

(4) Some farm animals brought to reunions for the children to enjoy and learn from,

(5) sound system in the Heritage Center for concerts, and Christian drama productions and heritage speaking and Gospel preaching events

(6) the creation of a small chapel out of the Heritage House, as one place out of the weather for prayer, devotions, and Bible study.

(7) a sod house replica set in a slope on the grounds, and the sods may be sod-like brick, not the actual earth, so as to make the sod house a lot more healthy and less open to invasions of "critters"--woodchucks, bugs, snakes, etc.

(8) a sleigh and horse for Christmas carolling

(9) a yearly, joyous Christmas season and all its events on the Farm

(10) wood stoves for heating cheaply, and a sauna, and a clawfoot tub. Wood stoves fitted to water tanks could also heat water for bathing and kitchen use. During the warmer months, water could be heated by installing outside water tanks, and let solar energy heat water. Solar panels could also be used to supplement electricity usage.

(11) glass display cases for the more fragile heritage items, and other items displayed on walls or set about from Pearl Ginther's collections of heritage.

Part II:

Our Vision for the Future--the Scriptures Support

I

FOUNDATIONAL VERSES:

Jeremiah 6:16: This is what the LORD says:

"Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls."

Psalm 103: 12: As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

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II

REALITIES WE BELIEVE:

A UNIVERSAL WAR: (1) There are two kingdoms at war on the earth: God's Eternal Kingdom, and Satan's passing one. Scriptures say: We are in the world, but not of it. This world is not our own--it is a fallen, sin-stained world. As Father Abraham did, and all saints afterwards, we are pilgrims and look to a better world, in the Kingdom of God established fully on earth, where the will of God is done even as it is done in heaven (Christ's Prayer).

III

CHRIST THE KING OF ISRAEL'S REIGN ON EARTH FORETOLD, COMING SOON!

Christ indeed will come again, soon, to establish his Reign of 1,000 years, according to the Book of Revelation. Little, much maligned, much threatened Israel will be raised up to the forefront of nations. All nations will be blessed in her and the Chosen People, the Jews, the Scriptures promise. The reverse is true too: All nations and people who have cursed Israel and sought her destruction over the ages, will be turned away, and not have a part in this new coming world order of peace and justice and great blessing for all. Therefore, we must not raise our hand against Israel in any way, but bless her even while she has her imperfections and is yet unaware her Messiah has come.

THE CHURCH REIGNS WITH CHRIST:

The Jews will have their greatly enlarged and glorious nation, which will be the head of all nations on earth, and Christ will rule from Jerusalem from David's throne, but the Church of Jesus Christ will reign with Christ in the coming Kingdom. There is no rivalry with the Jewish people, Christ has provision beyond description for both Church and the Jewish People & Nation. This is the New Covenant that Jeremiah first delineated, which was further defined in the New Testament, an everlasting Covenant God ratified with his shed blood that does not recognize divisions based on gender and race or social status, as we are regarded by God as being One New Man.

We have this privilege as believers in Him (whether Gentile or Jewish), saved by His shed blood and forgiven of our sins, made sons and daughters of God our Father in Heaven, fully pardoned in His holy eyes, due to the substitutionary death-payment by His Son on our behalf, as we were sinners condemned to death and destruction, unable to make amends with God with our own good works, as we were yet His enemies while He suffered on the Cross and died in payment for our sins, redeeming all those who take the free gift of his salvation and walk in God's ways.

III

LIVING FREE IN ENEMY TERRITORY:

As the Church we believe we can live free in enemy territory, where Christ's reign is not yet complete. We need not be overcome by the satanic world system that leads away from God, but we can overcome this system and be fruitful for God's kingdom and the salvation of souls among the unbelieving.

Christ has already triumphed over the enemy, when he completed his salvation, expiatory work on the Cross--we can live and walk in Christ's victory, not be defeated by the enemy. To do this Christ has empowered us, by sending the Holy Spirit to gift us, lead us, and empower us to spread abroad the things of Christ given him to impart to us.

We have a marvelous future of unending blessing ahead of us as the Church of Jesus Christ, and we can now share in much of that future blessing and impart it to our generation, beginning with the sharing and preaching of the Gospel in all the ways given us.

Isaiah the prophet of divine judgment on rebellion and glorious restoration of God's people foretold this time: "Behold the LORD has proclaimed unto the end of the world [which is the Gentile nations' ground], Say yet to the daughter of Zion, Behold thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. And they shall call them The Holy People; and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken."--Isaiah 62: 11, 12.

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Unlike the Jews, the Church of Jesus Christ, the Holy People who walk in God's holy light, does not have or possess a nation-state with land territory assigned to it; we have a spiritual estate assigned us as heirs of Christ. To take possession of our promised spiritual estate, we must do battle, it is not handed us on a platter. It is a matter of life and death. Caleb and Joshua had to fight, not just spiritually but physically, to gain their respective promised inheritances in the Promised Land--both starting at the age of 80! WE do not have to fight physically, but we do have to wage an intense spiritual battle.

There is the SPIRITUAL CONFLICT,

THE SOUL'S ENEMIES,

WEAPONS AND ARMOR,

DIVINE PROTECTION PROMISED,

THE VICTORY,

AND PROMISES OF ULTIMATE TRIUMPH.

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SOME HELPFUL SCRIPTURES EXCERPTED FROM THE CONDENSED CYCLOPEDIA OF TOPICS AND TEXTS, (The New Chain-Reference Bible, 4th Edition, 1964,

with Thompson's System of Bible Study):

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THE SPIRITUAL CONFLICT:

Characteristics:

1. An inward Battle--Ro. 7:23. But I see another law in mymembers, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

2. Spiritual Weapons--2 Co. 10:4. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.

3. Invisible Foes--Ep. 6:12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places [we do not fight people, we fight spiritual wickedness and the demonic forces of it--Ed.]

4. Young [Middle-aged and Old!] Soldiers Enlisted--I Ti. 1:18. This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;

A Fight of Faith--1 Ti. 6:12. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Demands Entire Consecration--2 Ti. 2,4. No man that warreth entangeleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who has chosen him to be a soldier (Heb. 10:32, Rev. 12:17)[This verse was used to exhort me not to get entangled with lesser goods, in pursuing this Vision through to realization, as the great Bible expositor Oswald Chambers once said: "The good is the enemy of the best!"--Ed.]

THE SOUL'S ENEMIES:

Ps. 86:14. O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.[God's holy people will find they have enemies that will try to stop them from serving the Lord, and publicly, they will seek to stifly all those who believed in righteousness from making their voice heard against evil being done in their communities and nation--Ed.] (Ps. 94:21)

Je. 2:34. Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents; I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these. [A great sin, the blood of 56 millions of unborn has polluted our whole country of America--that is how the God of the Bible views it, even while officials, top to low, commend this policy of "abortion," which is infanticide, compounded to a program of mass genocide against humanity's innocents. Shall we not be held accountable by their Creator? He numbers the hairs of our head, can He, an Omniscient God, not know each child that is slain in the womb for largely profit, not to preserve the life of the mother? Even the children conceived by rape, should the innocent victims, the children, be punished and murdered because of what a criminal has perpetrated?--Ed.]

Je. 18:20. Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them, and to turn thy wrath from them [those of us of the Stadem Relationship who have voted justly and stood against genocide and murder of the innocents for profit, God will surely mark us out from this evil generation when destruction comes upon it.--Ed.]

Eze. 22:25. There is a conspiracy of the prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in the midst thereof.[many wicked people in places of authority and power today in high places --"prophets"--, both in the government and heads of agencies and organizations and even worldly churches and POLITICALLY MOTIVATED national/international bodies of allied churches and denominations like the WCC and NCC, all constituting "roaring lions" that devour men's souls, have approved and vigorously promoted what is most vile and rebellious against God, persecuting and speaking evil of the righteous for opposing their anti-God and morality policies; the unjust, godless governance of the Federal Government also forces taxes from the righteous despite their protests to fund such abhorrent, unbiblical policies and programs, which truly are "works of darkness". While doing these wicked things, they seek to force Christians away from the Bible and marginalize and silence them as far as they are able, profiling and branding Christians with labels of bigotry, hate-crimes, and regressive Anti-socials. All this is done according to the Congress-defined religion of humanism, or "progressive" secular humanism, which demands universal, national and global compliance to its cardinal doctrines of Diversity (Diversity without Christians), Multiculturalism (inclusive in terminology but practicing the rigorous exclusion of the Judaaeo-Christian civilization and culture of Christians), and Tolerance (tolerance of everything and everybody, except Bible-based, holy-living Christians). Evenso, we are reminded by both Biblical and Church history that these evil forces, under other names, have afflicted the people of God innumerable times in the past, yet the Church of Jesus Christ survived all of them, even flourished in persecution of the most murderous and cruel kinds, and that assures us in this era that we shall not be overcome but will prevail even against the severe challenges we face today.--Ed.]

Lu. 22:31. And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, to sift you like wheat.[the chief enemy or adversary of our souls, Satan, who is the prince of this fallen world and its soul-destroying system.--Ed.]

I Pe. 5:8. Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

WEAPONS AND ARMOR:

2 Co. 10:4. For the weapons of our wearfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.

Ep. 6:17. And take the helmet of salvaiton, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

He. 4:12. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Re. 12:11. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death.

...ARMOR PROVIDED:

Ro. 13:12. The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 2 Co. By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left.

Ep. 6:11. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

1 Th. 5:8. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.

DIVINE PROTECTION

Promised

2 Chr.16:9. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in their behalf.

Ps. 34:7. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. (Ps. 41:2)

Ps. 91:4. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust; his truth shalt be thy shield and buckler.

Ps. 125:2. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.

Zec. 2:5. For I, saith the Lord,will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her [we will need this, and see this, as the times darken, as they must darken, and we are beset on all sides by the darkness that has engulfed not only America but the whole world.--Ed.] Lu. 21:18. But there shall not a hair of your head perish [that he does not know about--Ed.].

Examples of Divine Protection

Ge. 35:5. And they journeyed and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jabob.

Ex. 14:20. And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to them; so that the one came not near the other all the night.

2 K. 6:17. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

Ezr. 8:31. Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem; and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy,a nd of such as lay in wait by the way.

Da. 6:22. My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions'mouths, that they have not hurt me; forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

Re. 7:3. Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, til we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

Our Divine Protector

Ex. 14:14. The Lord shall fight for you,and ye shall hold your peace. (Ex. 15:3)

Ex. 23:27. I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come; and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee. (De. 1:30; 3:22)

2 S. 5:24. And let it be, when thou heartest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself; for then shall the Lord go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.

2 Chr. 20:29. And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the lord fought against the enemies of Israel.

2 Chr. 32:8. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us in the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah (Ne. 4:20; Ps. 24:8; Zec. 14:3)

Defense

Ps. 5:11; 31:2; Is.31:5; 37:35; Zec.9:15; 12:8.

A Fortress

2 S. 22:2; Ps.18:2; 91:2; 144:2; Na. 1.7. A Hiding Place

Ps.17:8; 27:5; 31:20; 32:7; 64:2; 119:114; 143:9; Isa. 32:2

A Refuge

Ex. 35:22; De.33:27; Ps. 27:5; 31:20; 46:1; 71:3; Pr. 14:26; 18:10; Isa. 25:4; Zec. 9:12

A Shield Ge. 15:1; Dec.33:29; Ps. 33:20; 84:11; 115/9; Pr. 30.5

THE VICTORY

The presence of the Victorious Christ gives Assurance of Victory. Is. 53:12. (to be continued)

To enter into the victory and triumph, with all the blessing God has promised us, things we must strive for are:

(1) Unity in Believers in Christ; (2) Co-Operation, essential to success in Spiritual Enterprises; (3) and The Believer's Walk.

With these things practiced in our daily lives, humbly and with forgiveness always ready to be given (and received!), we believers are then CHRISTLIKE (cleansed and purged of the old, sinful leaven of the carnal self-life & worldly views and worldly mindset) and become open Channels for the Grace of Jesus Christ to flow unimpeded out to all those who are dying for lack of Christ's free grace. We can dispense THE WATER OF LIFE to those thirsting and perishing in this dying world before Christ's Return, so they will be saved, restored, given new life and a future and a hope even as we have.

THIS IS OUR DIVINE COMMISSION FROM CHRIST OUR LORD, SAVIOR, AND COMMANDER, AND OUR VERY PURPOSE IN LIFE, WHICH IS BASED ON LOVE, LOVE FOR GOD AND LOVE FOR MAN, AS THE SCRIPTURES TELL US, LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS, AND LACKING LOVE, WE ACT IN VAIN.

MAY GOD BE GLORIFIED IN ALL THAT WE DO!

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